The Randvu is a private people mover concept which would allow business people to use railroads and subway tracks to move within and around the city. It is designed to reduce the time it takes to travel around the city and avoid traffic.
Over ten years ago, I read Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged. In it, the heroine used her family’s railroad track to travel from city to city. That made me wonder if ‘business trains’ could one day become a reality. Would it be possible to sell them like business jets? That’s the idea behind the Randvu.
How It Works
The Randvu aims to reduce the time it takes for business people to move about. To do this, the Randvu is designed like a single train car equipped with its own powerpack and propulsion system. It is much faster than the average vehicle and it would be able to use railroad or subway tracks. Of course it would be much more luxurious too.
The Randvu would use its own source of power to move about the city, and it would be able to recharge by using conventional systems (overhead line, subway connector, etc.) The train would communicate with the city’s subway and railroad systems in order to determine which track could allow passage (and pay for it of course).
The Randvu would be able to move its passengers during their morning commute without having to stop. It would also be able to transport them from their office to other important meetings within or outside the city, and it could take them indirectly to the airport’s terminals with a pre-board check-in feature (see the Nexovia concept).
The interior would be made in a luxurious retro fashion, with lush couches, mahogany furniture, and an on-board bar. The interior could also be custom designed according to the owner’s specifications.
What It’s Used For
It will always be important for companies to move their decision-making executives faster during times of crisis (which seems to happen regularly enough…). The Randvu aims to do just that while offering the luxury and comfort of a private business jet. There is a market for specialized trains, but the regulations and track layouts need to be considered.
The Randvu concept was imagined in October 2016 by Charles Bombardier and the images were created by Martin Rico. Martin lives near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works as a Freelance Industrial Designer. Martin also designed the Seataci Yacht concept and the Iris urban train/drone shipping system.